external combustion engine

noun

Definition of external combustion engine

: a heat engine (such as a steam engine) that derives its heat from fuel consumed outside the cylinder

Examples of external combustion engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of external combustion engine

1890, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“External combustion engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/external%20combustion%20engine. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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